3 Reasons I love Sisters in Crime #mondayblogs #mystery

Long before I was a published mystery author myself, I read mysteries. I modeled my observation powers on those of Sherlock Holmes. I read every Agatha Christie novel published. I read Ellery Queen, Earl Stanley Gardner, and Jack Early (who I later learned was actually Sandra Scoppettone). In the 70s I discovered Josephine Tey, Dorothy […]

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS update

The worldwide activism has allowed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to accept the offer of help from the US and UN in recovering the kidnapped girls. We have to maintain our support for their return, and if you are a person who believes in prayer or good thoughts making a difference, please visit this blog: http://achurchforstarvingartists.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/please-pick-one/ I […]

EXCERPT: THE HOUNDING

THE HOUNDING by Sandra de Helen, available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats. CHAPTER ONE: The Hounding CILLA CAN’T SEEM to shake the nightmare. She almost gives up her daily run rather than face the possibility of meeting those dogs in real life. Dogs are reality for every marathon runner, and each runner finds a […]

EXCERPT: THE ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT

CHAPTER ONE: Rose City (from THE ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT by Sandra de Helen)  OCEANE LEANED HER head against Zaro’s left shoulder, laughing as she continued to sing a French lullaby to the giant panda she carried in her left arm. The night was cool as they strolled along Portland’s waterfront away from the Rose Festival City […]

FIVE GREAT MYSTERY NOVELS

I saw an article in which Ian Rankin named his favorite five great crime novels. That made me want to write my own list. I’ve been reading mystery novels since I was a kid. I first read the Complete Sherlock Holmes by A. Conan Doyle when I was about eight years old. I read it […]

COMING SOON: THE ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT

I’m writing the last chapters of this book now. It’s second in the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series (first is THE HOUNDING). You don’t have to have read the first one to read this one, each mystery stands alone, though the relationship and lives of the protagonists grow and change with each book. Below I’m […]

GUEST HOST: NANCY WOOD

Today’s host, Nancy Wood lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her family, where she’s been lucky enough to make writing her career. For many years she made her living as a technical writer, working in software documentation. About six years ago, she set up her own shop and is now a writing consultant and contractor, happy to […]

BOOK CLUB MEETING

I just got off Skype after an hour, twenty-three minutes and twenty-three seconds with the Laredo Mystery Book Club. The Club is facilitated by the Laredo Public Library, and we had several people in attendance: Sylvia, Linda, Anita, Jim, Pam and a few others whose names I’ve momentarily forgotten. Librarian Pam created some great questions […]